With the imminent arrival of Johnny Damon, the time feels right to take a look at the curious makeup of the 2012 Cleveland Indians roster, specifically the defense which has a little dyslexic feeling about it. A basic baseball axiom preaches for a team’s defensive strength to be built up the middle while the offense comes from the corners, but that's not the case for the Indians says Greg Dew.
Well, that was ugly. Chris Sale was tough on the Indians again as he and the rest of the White Sox' staff held the Indians to 2 runs, their 8th straight game scoring 4 runs or less as well as 16 of 21 games. On top of that, Ubaldo Jimenez was a train wreck and the defense was brutal. All of that is a recipe for a bad loss, which Charlie Adams' gives his "second thoughts" on.
Weather and off-days have been wreaking havoc on the past two-days ATF's, but the beat still goes on. In 2010, tonight's top player was consider a candidate to take over the third or second base job in Cleveland, thanks to a big minor league season. After a setback thanks to an oblique injury, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan stole his thunder, as he finds himself demoted to Akron. Who's tonight's top gun? Tune into IPI's original ATF to find out...after the jump...
The Carolina Mudcats and Lynchburg Hillcats completed their suspended game on Tuesday evening with the Mudcats winning 5-2. The Hillcats took the originally scheduled game, played in seven innings, 5-2 at nights end. Carolina (11-13) left the field last night with a 4-1 lead over Lynchburg (14-9) when heavy fog reduced visibility enough to halt play. The team picked up where they left off as back-to-back walks allowed Carlos Moncrief to drive in a run with a hit. The single increased the Mudcats advantage to 5-1. Lynchburg retaliated with a run in the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Tommy La Stella.
The Eastern League leading Akron Aeros extended their winning streak to seven games with a 6-5 victory over the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday night. Akron starting pitcher lefty T.J. House made his first appearance as an Aero. He had a rocky start hitting the first batter of the game and allowing the Mets to quickly jump out front putting two runs on the board in the first and second innings.
In this week's edition of Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim recaps the 6-0 week that was for the Aeros and the players that helped them achieve their perfect record. Jim also checks in on some more weird/cool stats and players that need to step up their game going forward.
A month into the season the injuries are starting to mount up for the young Indians. Tony has a big update on those players down for some time or just nicked up, including LeVon Washington, Lonnie Chisenhall, Bryce Stowell, Scott Barnes, Hector Rondon and many others. In addition to the injuries, Tony also discusses several other players in the organization such as Steven Wright, Will Roberts, David Huff, Shawn Armstrong, T.J. McFarland, Matt LaPorta, Jeremie Tice and Jeff Johnson.
Like Jack Torrance once said, "Heeeerrreee's Johnny!". This Johnny happens to be Johnny Damon, the new LF for the Indians, and not the father gone mad in "The Shining". Johnny makes his Indians' debut tonight and Jim and Tony will talk about it along with the Matt LaPorta insanity, the Indians in first place and lots more.
The Indians organization only had two complete games last night, thanks to some rain and fog. Don't worry, one Matt LaPorta didn't let the weather stop him from dominating ATF once again. With Damon making his Tribe debut tonight, can LaPorta be that far behind? Check out last night's abbreviated minor league performances with the latest edition of ATF.
Even with all of the struggles offensively, the Indians find themselves in first place at the start of May. There is still a long way to go, but Adam McGavin says the feelings should be positive with how the pitching staff as a whole is performing. The pitching will have to continue to carry the Indians this season until the offense gets it in gear, gets a little more healthy, and potentially the Indians can add a piece or two around the trade deadline.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!